Forward momentum continues for Port of Port St. Joe

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 09:38 AM.

"We welcome Enova to the Port of Port St. Joe and are excited about the opportunities they will bring to the Port," said Leonard Costin, chairman of the Port St. Joe Port Authority. "The Port Authority's number one priority is to create jobs for the region. This letter of intent with Enova is key to helping us reach this goal."

Maintenance dredging is critical to the LOIs with Enova and Green Circle.

Port director Tommy Pitts said the port is moving along parallel paths to secure maintenance dredging, permitting and funding, with the goal of accomplishing the task within the next two years.

As noted by the Florida Ports Council in its annual report, the Port of Port St. Joe is “well-positioned” for bulk cargo shipments given the access to rail, the Intracoastal Waterway and state and federal highways.

The port has a navigational channel that is federally authorized to a maximum of 37 feet.

Pitts said during a recent Port Authority meeting that the goal would be to initially dredge to a minimum of 33 feet with the ultimate goal the authorized depth.  

Dredging the channel to the authorized depth will open “many new opportunities” for the port, Pitts said.

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